Public Service and Administration Minister, Ms Noxolo Kiviet will lead a community engagement session with residents of Kutlaonong township in the Free State on Wednesday, December 6, 2023, ahead of the Presidential Imbizo activities.
At the community engagement in Kutlaonong township, Minister Kiviet will be joined by her Deputy Minister, Dr Chana Pilane-Majake as well as Performance, Monitoring and Evaluation Deputy Minister, Ms Pinky Kekana.
The three leaders will visit Hlasela Centre (Thusong Centre) that renders several government services to residents in Thabong Mall Welkom, then they will engage with officials at Thuthuzela service centre and victims at Bongani Regional hospital in Lejweleputswa District Municipality.
The Thuthuzela Care Center have been established as multi- disciplinary care center to deal with high level of sexual violence against women and children, especially rape cases.
This year marks the 25th anniversary since South Africa initiated the 16 Days of Activism for no violence against Women and Children Campaign.
The theme for this year is: “Accelerating actions to end gender-based violence & femicide: leaving no one behind.”
Some of the challenges experienced at the centre are the following:
- A lack of critical staff this is crucial to ensure proper service delivery in line with the TCC Blueprint and Protocol.
- The shortage of forensic nurse(s) is the main worrying factor currently, the center has only one forensic nurse who is appointed on contract. For the TCC to be fully operational at least three forensic nurses should be appointed.
- Another challenge the centre which is situated in Bongani hospital is facing is the unavailability of doctors at casualty to attend to victims of GBV and domestic violence during the night.
- There is also a shortage of comfort packs for victims. The comfort packs assist victims when they take a bath or change clothes after been examined by nurses.
- There are no Television sets and some of the walls need repainting.
Minister Kiviet and the two Deputy Ministers will wrap up the day with a community Imbizo which is aimed at deepening participatory democracy through social dialogue.
The dialogue will explore how to improve government service delivery at the community, where residents will be afforded an opportunity to inform government of their key service delivery priorities that need urgent interventions from government in and around the district.
Government is expected to position itself to focus not only on service delivery, but also on the economic growth and development agenda. This will ensure that government empower citizens and make great strides to eliminate the triple challenges of inequalities, poverty, and unemployment.
President Cyril Ramaphosa will lead a delegation of his Cabinet Ministers, Deputy Ministers, and senior government officials to the 11th Presidential Imbizo on 7 December 2023.
This will be the second Presidential Imbizo in the Free State, with the first one held in Mangaung Metro Municipality in April 2022.
The Presidential Imbizo, and the pre-Presidential Imbizo programmes, give citizens a platform to engage and to voice their challenges to the President and his government.
The engagements solicit inputs on how service delivery can be improved to meet the needs of the communities.
Cabinet Ministers and Deputy Ministers conduct pre-Presidential Imbizo activities, in line with their Departmental mandates.
District Development Model
The District Development Model (DDM) is a service delivery-planning instrument to narrow the distance between citizens and government with the aim of delivering integrated services.
The District Development Model is aimed at responding and addressing challenges by bringing all spheres of government closer to the people with the view to foster an integrated approach to governance.
This is a method by which all three spheres of government and state entities work in unison in an impact-oriented way, where there is higher performance and accountability for coherent and effective service delivery and development outcomes.
Expresses jointly agreed outcomes and commitments as an entire government plan (“One Plan”) in relation to each space over short, medium, and long-term.
“A One Plan is an Intergovernmental Plan setting out a long-term strategic framework to guide investment and delivery in relation to a specific district or metropolitan space.
It is a collaboratively produced by all three spheres of government informed by existing plans of all three spheres of government.